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Archive for June 20th, 2017

BCN Challenge 2017: The Results!

Posted by indigodream on 20 June, 2017

June 2017

First of all a big “Thank You” to our faithful and diligent crew – none of whom jumped ship during a very busy weekend – humans Kristel, Ian and Christine and greyhound crew Archie, Henry, Alex and Freya 🙂

 

Secondly, a massive thank you to the BCN Society who keep this wonderful event alive – they work so hard to keep every section of the BCN open , even when certain locals are working hard to turn them into linear landfills!

And thirdly a big “Thank You” to everyone who sponsored our good causes – we were very late getting our JustGiving pages set up but you are all amazingly generous and raised ALMOST £500 (that’s before Gift Aid!) for three Birmingham Greyhound Trust branches – Hall Green, Perry Barr and Wolverhampton. We really appreciate your support – knowing that we can help a good cause keeps us going, despite the lure of a few fine canalside pubs along the way 🙂
In 22 hours (we got to the finish line a bit earlier than expected!) we cruised 48 miles and did 51 locks. Now that’s a LOT, but fewer lock miles than we’ve covered in previous challenges because it’s all about the points! The BCN Society are very canny when writing the scoring rules (they change every year) – we have a convoluted spreadsheet which plots different routes and on this year’s scoring system, a lock-heavy route yielded fewer points. This felt counter-intuitive as our super-crew means that we are phenomenally fast through locks, but the shallow-sided areas of canals such as the Wyrley and Essington mean that we simply can’t get any faster than 2.5mph on some sections. When we totted our totals at the end of the Challenge we were convinced we were nowhere in the running….

The lovely commemorative plaque – we’re still trying to work out the significance of the hand and the sword but it looks impressive!

So to the results –  the diligent BCNS scoring team spent days counting and recounting the points – there were fewer than two points between the top three boats and the top six have never been closer…
  • In first place – nb Tawny Owl with 293.225 points
  • In second place – nb Firefly 292.85 points….
  • In third place – nb Indigo Dream with 291.8 points
Wow, we’d done so much better than we’d anticipated and had come third for the third time!
Either of the following  would have won us the challenge:
  • Cruising an extra two miles (or two locks) anywhere on the BCN!
  • Cruising up to the Titford Pools above the finish line

 

We did get one quiz question wrong at Birchills Junction – that was worth 3 points – but having seen the answer I don’t think we’d have got it in a million years!

There’s a life lesson here – we defeated ourselves because we deliberately passed by opportunities to gain one or two points because we thought we were more like 50 points adrift of the win!
Now we’re super-motivated for next time because although we doubted our strategy of chasing the points rather than the lock miles, we were actually spot on! We WILL win this challenge one day 😀
Note: Although we compete for the overall challenge there are two hotly-contested trophies that we’ve never aspired to:
  • The Trolley Trophy – for the extensive and inventive debris dragged from the canal and brought to the finish line – won by nb Maxwell
  • The best dressed boat – won by nb Giddy
Here’s the full results table:
TAWNY OWL 293.225
FIREFLY 292.85
INDIGO DREAM 291.8
TATY LUCY 286.425
CARPE VINUM 284.5
TALISMAN No3 281.025
DOVE 266.1
DOTTERELL 262.25
REBELLION 241.575
MISBOURNE No3 240.575
GOLIATH 239.4
WILLOW 237.55
DODGY 235.05
SQUIRE 226.425
GOOSEANDER 224.575
CHARLEY B 218.25
A J FELGATE 217.675
LOCKHART 212.5
REARSBY 211.25
DORA VENUS 208.875
MAXWELL 207
ENCELADUS 206.4
MIKA 201.35
PENNY LOCK 193.9
GIDDY 188.05
JOANNA & No37 185.275
AMPHORA 182.275
GYPSY EMMA 173
ATLAS AND MALUS 172.7
BEST CURRENT THINKING 172
RED WHARF 170.65
VULPES 164.5
ARTU 161.235
CITY OF DURHAM 160.125
PARSONS PASSAGE 158.375
CRANE 142.7
CECILIA 106.75
OUR LITTLE NIGHTMARE 94.925
BEAU 93.925
FELONIOUS MONGOOSE 92.9
NOTOS 82.5
CLARIE 46.4
PANATHA 13.05
TRAMP TOOK PART
HELEN TOOK PART

 

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